Folk Art Diorama of Birds--"Freiwaldau"
By H. Wolf
The decade of the 1920s saw a variety of folk art handicrafts proliferate which made use of natural elements. This particular example incorporates a hand painted watercolor by a German artist depicting a wintery woodland scene with both coniferous and deciduous trees with red berries which serve as food for the birds. The two "birds" are adhered in the foreground although their claws are painted. The bodies are made from natural feathers to ressemble jays. The naturalistically rendered frame is made from carved and gessoed wood stained brown, signed lower left, H. Wolf and entitled Freiwaldau meaning "Forest Meadow" dated 1924. Measures 22 x 18 x 2 in